transitive + intransitive
: to make excessively vague or general statements about something or someone
- Of course, I am guilty here of grossly overgeneralizing, of caricaturing.
- —Peter Oliver
: to generalize to the point of inaccuracy : to extrapolate a general theory, rule, etc. from too few facts or particulars
- overgeneralizes from the results of a limited study
- Since the needs of a low vision person and of a blind person can be very different, it is important not to overgeneralize the nature of visual impairment.
- —Roberto Manduchi and James Coughlan
: to apply a rule of language too broadly
- At a certain stage of language growth, children characteristically overgeneralize: They say sleeped instead of slept, brang (on the analogy of sang) instead of brought, and so forth.
- —Noam Chomsky
… indulge in overgeneralization from fuzzy facts, or when facts are missing.
… stereotypical overgeneralizations about the sexes …
—Nadine Taub and Elizabeth M. Schneider